The blue crab industry in Australia is at risk.
The Australian Federal Government has promised $30 million in assistance to protect the industry.
This announcement is a major step forward, but we still have a long way to go.
The first step to achieving this is for the Federal Government to allocate more funding for the blue crabs in the national and regional fisheries management programs.
It is important to note that these programs are administered by state and territory governments and are managed by the Commonwealth.
The federal government has promised to provide $15 million in the 2018 budget for blue crab fishers, but the amount allocated will depend on the funding allocation from the states and territories.
We must ensure the funding allocated is matched with the level of the industry’s need.
The Commonwealth needs to set out the best and most efficient measures to support the blue corals, which are at risk of being wiped out.
There are a number of initiatives in place to help manage the industry and ensure that it is resilient to climate change.
The key to making a difference is for federal and state governments to work together to find solutions.
A key point to remember is that the blue reefs that sustain the industry are already in serious decline.
The blue reefs have experienced a decline in their productivity over the past 20 years.
This has impacted the health and productivity of blue coralline corals in many areas, which have had to adapt to a changing climate.
A large-scale recovery of the reef is essential to protect blue coralls from extinction.
We need to work with states and territory to support them in this transition.
We should also recognise that the recovery of blue reefs will require a sustained investment from the federal government and state and territories in order to keep them alive.
The recovery of coral reefs has long been a national priority.
We are the only country on Earth that relies on coral reefs for the food supply.
We have a responsibility to help the reef thrive and the recovery will take time.
We can’t wait any longer.